In a new CBS comedy, Ari Graynor stars as a newly divorced trophy wife who tries to trick faculty and students into believing she’s a teacher.

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Television Review

Barely a passing grade for ‘Bad Teacher’

“Bad Teacher” is a mediocre new CBS comedy adapted from the 2011 Cameron Diaz film. By Sarah Rodman

Kelly Reilly stars as bipolar neuroscientist Dr. Catherine Black, who tackles cases and her tough psychiatrist, in ABC’s new procedural, “Black Box.”

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Television Review

In ‘Black Box,’ a bipolar doc with a cure for what ails everyone else

Kelly Reilly is a sturdy lead, but ABC’s new drama is a mixed bag for fans of good TV. By Matthew Gilbert

‘Vernon Downs’ by Jaime Clarke

The author is fascinated by obsession — specifically, by the modern obsession with celebrity. By Anthony Domestico

Boston Calling announces lineup

A terrific mix of classic and contemporary artists and genres will be featured at the late-summer edition of the music festival known as Boston Calling. By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

What's on TV tonight

// Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

Matthew Gilbert on what to watch, including “Veep” on HBO.

Special section

// Family entertainment

From action-packed art to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Celebrity Series, here are family-friendly events in the Boston area.

The 86th Academy Awards


// 2014 Oscar winners

See who took home a statue at the 86th Academy Awards.

Special section

// Museums Special

A look at what New England museums have to offer, including high-tech changes at Harvard’s Semitic Museum, directors’ favorites, and odd attractions.


Vinh Nuegen in the documentary “In Country,” directed by Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara, which will be screened at Independent Film Festival Boston.

The pitch that landed ‘In Country’ at IFFB

Camden International Film Festival looks at pitch sessions as training for new filmmakers. For the audience, it lifts the veil off the creative process.


Television Review

Billy Bob Thornton plays Lorne Malvo, a man who creates chaos for everyone with whom he comes in contact.

FX’s ‘Fargo’ draws inspiration from its namesake in all the best ways

This new drama is another story set in the frozen world of the original film, with the same sense of menace, desolation, humor, and, of course, fun with those “aw jeez” accents.